New charges filed against suspected embezzler in NC case
September 3, 2014
A new felony complaint has been filed against a Grass Valley woman already facing two separate cases involving identity theft and embezzlement — and she is being sought on a $100,000 arrest warrant in that case, according to court records.
Jennifer Ashley Yeoman, 28, was arrested by Grass Valley Police in November 2013 and charged with identity theft and the fraudulent use of access cards, and had pleaded not guilty.
She had been set to return to Nevada County Superior Court in that case on Sept. 11.
She was arrested again in August of this year after a joint investigation by the Nevada City and Grass Valley police departments, on charges that she embezzled credit card information to purchase items that included chocolate and swimming equipment.
The investigation was initiated after a Nevada City business reported they had fired Yeoman, after finding out she was going through the judicial process for credit card theft and identity theft.
While working for the Nevada City business, Yeoman reportedly had access to and was entrusted with personal account information for 160 clients.
After she was terminated from employment, the Nevada City business immediately sent out letters to all 160 clients, informing them that their personal account information had possibly been compromised.
Several customers reported that their credit card information had been used to make unauthorized purchases, some in Yeoman's name.
Those purchases reportedly had been shipped to a post office box in Nevada City belonging to Yeoman or to Yeoman's residence in the 200 block of Vistamont Drive.
At the residence, detectives reportedly found several items that had been purchased using the credit card numbers from victims that had their credit card numbers on file at the Nevada City business.
These items ranged from a Hershey's chocolate bar to large plastic adult-sized kickboards.
A criminal complaint was filed in that case last week, charging Yeoman with five counts of identity theft and five counts of petty theft, naming five female victims.
A separate complaint was filed last week as well, charging her with five counts of insurance fraud and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
According to the complaint, the charges involve making fraudulent claims to an insurance policy for payment or other benefits.
On Aug. 26, an alert was issued that a felony arrest warrant had been issued for Yeoman in the amount of $100,000.
Yeoman had not yet been arrested as of Tuesday night.
She reportedly is refusing to turn herself in, and her ex-husband, Robert Yeoman, has posted a "wanted poster" on Facebook that, he said, is currently being shared by a number of locals on their own pages.
"My child and I need your help," the post on Nevada County Peeps reads. "My ex-wife Jennifer Yeoman (FB Profile Name: Jenn Ashley) is on the run from the police RIGHT NOW. She has two new warrants out in Nevada County … She lost custody of our 5-year-old daughter in April and lost the right to any and all contact with her last week. She refuses to turn herself in, although she is aware of the warrants, and lives in a state of denial.
"Please, please, do what you can to help us. Share this post, print the wanted poster and tell your friends. My biggest fear is that she will try to take our daughter and run away. My family and I are terrified to let my child attend school or leave our sight. My daughter does not know any of this about her mother and will go with her if the opportunity arises. (We won't let it happen though). If anyone sees her or her vehicle, please call the Sheriff's Department at (530) 265-1474. The sooner she is in custody, the sooner we can all rest easy."
According to Robert Yeoman, he chose to take matters into his own hands by putting the word out on social media.
Jennifer Yeoman did not show up for a custody hearing, her ex-husband said, adding that she had texted him that she would turn herself in Tuesday but has not done so.
He said that she might have colored her hair dirty blonde or light brown, and might be in Sacramento or Roseville.
He added that she has full-sleeve tattoos, some script across her chest, and that much of her legs and back also are covered in tattoos.
"The more people are aware, the more people are likely to see her and turn her in," he said Tuesday night. "It's white-collar crime — but to me it's pretty personal. She's a flight risk, that's part of why I have custody of my child."
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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